This week's blog is brought to you by Lea McWhorter of Sophisticated Beads.
Some designers take their inspiration from their materials, some from current design trends. I am
Lea McWhorter of Sophisticated Beads, and I take my inspiration from the needs of others.
A friend’s breast cancer diagnosis got me started in 2005. I asked myself, “How can I help?” The answer was to create and sell jewelry with 10 percent of the proceeds going to 5 local cancer research organizations. That was how my business started 12 years ago. Below, is a photograph of one of the "Cancer Bracelets" that I lovingly create, with part of the proceeds benefitting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate.
I design and work with Austrian Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, pearls, and sterling silver. I like to design with stones that have stories behind them. The materials I use in my designs are from all over the world so clients have unique pieces of jewelry with meaning.
I have been designing jewelry for the Rose Festival Court for 11 years and they have worn my designs for Queen Coronations, Grand Floral Parades and Knighting Ceremonies. I also create special pieces for weddings, special occasions and more.
Be sure to stop by Artistic Portland to see Lea's amazing creations up close! Artistic Portland is open 7 days a week! Monday-Saturday, 10-6 and on Sundays, 12-5.